Everyone has their own favorite podcast. Bring up podcasts in a public setting, and I'm sure you'll meet fellow Radiolabbers, Stuff You Should Know geeks, and tons of Marc Maron's faithful Fuckers. But there's a new voice echoing through our earbuds. It's that of musician and pop culture Renaissance man Har Mar Superstar
, aka Sean Tillman. The dude grabbed our full attention with the Cult Records release of his recent full-length, Bye Bye 17
, and we've since plunged into anything and everything with his name attached. According to our investigation, his Earwolf podcast Nocturnal Emotions
, which is coming up on its one year anniversary, has been his greatest gift, and it's only getting better.
As our fellow podcasters will agree, once a weekly show becomes a vital part of your routine, you begin to feel like a part of the crew. And Har Mar's crew is pretty legit. The dude knows everyone. As Albert Brooks is the comedians' comedian, Har Mar is the musicians' musician. He's toured with everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Black Keys, and he's made a lasting impression on each and every one of them. So much so that they're all coming to visit his makeshift bedroom studio, which he endearingly dubbed the "Masterbatorium."
Nocturnal Emotions offers a conversational, inside look at the people we all see and admire daily, yet are never given an opportunity to experience their real personalities. There are no set themes and there's never a 15-minute self-deprecating intro (we've had enough Maron). Instead you're invited to sit in on a bull-shitty convo of buds. Since Har Mar knows most of these characters on a personal level, many hours are occupied by shared stories of "Remember that time." And each episode is routinely closed with hysterical games "Create a TV Show" and "Ruin Your Favorite Song."
Now that we've caught up on all 46 episodes, we feel that we're ready to present a short-list of great intro episodes that will surely get you hooked. Since we're a music-focused website, we kept our list centered on such figures, but episodes featuring the likes of alternative creative minds like Macaulay Culkin, Alia Shawkat, Steve Agee, and more, all deserve a listen as well.
Check out the full listing of episodes here
6. Jared Swilley (The Black Lips)
Swilley convinces Har Mar that The Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander was kidnapped by his grandfather and forced to live with him in Arab, Alabama from 1990 to 2002.
5. Denver Dalley (Har Mar Superstar, Desaparecidos)
Immediately after touring together, the two have an hour-long, PTSD-like convo clearly showing the strange subconscious connections that are built while spending months together in a van.
Hearing about how P.O.S. handles his health issues, as well as the story about Har Mar and P.O.S. taking acid to go see Justin Bieber's 3D movie.
3. Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
Discussing the worst towns and motels they've experienced in the U.S.
2. Flea (You Know Who Flea Is)
Imagining the day leading up to the recording when Har Mar and Flea randomly hung out and watched movies together.
1. Father John Misty
Everything. But if we'd have to choose...Acting out Yelp reviews of chain restaurants.